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Rowan Boulevard

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Perhaps one of the most exciting things to happen in the history of Rowan University was the announcement of Rowan Boulevard this past year. New housing units, a hotel, and a Barnes and Noble bookstore are some of the highlights of this $100 million project, but finding information regarding what exactly is official, and where exactly it is going, is hard to come by. We here at Rowan Pains decided to sort through all the clutter and provide you, our beloved reader, with the information that you really want to know, in an easy-to-read format. You’re welcome.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore– Barnes & Noble will be taking over operation of the Rowan Bookstore starting in July. Once their two-story, 36,000-square-foot building is completed, they will be moving there. The new building will be configured like a standard Barnes & Noble and will carry textbooks and Rowan apparel as well. There will also be a 6000 sq ft Starbucks within the facility, which will occupy a section of the first floor and include an outdoor patio and separate entrance to accommodate late night customers. The new bookstore is expected to open in time for the 2009 fall session.

New Apartment Complex– The new apartment complex will be constructed diagonally across from Landmark, on the corner of Rt. 322, and will be completed in two stages. The first stage of 564 beds will be completed in August of 2009, and the rest of the complex a year later. There will be four-single occupancy bedrooms per unit and each unit will feature its own kitchen with two bathrooms.These two, four-story buildings will have 28 one-bedroom units and 214 four-bedroom suites that will accommodate a total of 884 students. Both the one-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments have a kitchen, and an eating and living room area, but the four-bedroom apartments will have two bathrooms instead of one. There will also be exercise and weight rooms, meeting rooms, laundry facilities and a Public Safety satellite office contained inside. The entire apartment complex is slated to be complete by August 2010.

Holiday Inn Express– This 100 room hotel is going to be located just west of the new apartment complex. The hotel will feature separate meeting space, accommodating up to 250 guests, for banquets and seminars and will be equipped with a state of the art business center, wireless hi-speed internet and flat screen televisions. It will also include a full service restaurant with a liquor license. For more information, click here.

What many people don’t know is that Rowan Boulevard, where the Barnes & Noble, apartment complex and Holiday Inn Express will be located, is only a portion of what is to come. The “Master Plan“, which includes the $100 million Rowan Boulevard phase, is a $300 million project that will include the designation of West High Street as a retail and professional services area and East High Street as an arts and entertainment district, and plans to create 125 new retail stores and restaurants, and more than 400 new local jobs when it’s all said and done. Though everything included in the Rowan Boulevard phase is scheduled to be completed August of 2010, the entire Downtown Redevelopment project will not be finished for an upwards of about 10 years.

Head on over to Downtown Glassboro for further information and updates.

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Written by rowanpains

May 5, 2008 at 2:11 am

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